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    Default WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

    Jason Beaubien
    May 25, 2020

    The World Health Organization says it is temporarily halting its clinical trials that use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients over published concerns that the drug may do more harm than good.
    The move comes after the medical journal The Lancet reported on Friday that patients getting hydroxychloroquine were dying at higher rates than other coronavirus patients.
    The WHO has 3,500 patients from 17 countries enrolled in what it calls the Solidarity Trial. This is an effort overseen by the WHO to find new treatments for COVID-19. The patients in the trial have been randomly assigned to be treated with hydroxychloroquine which is a common malaria drug, or 3 other experimental drugs for treating COVID-19 in various combinations.

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    Default Re: WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

    Perhaps now, the millions of Americans who suffer from Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases will be able to again get their hydroxychloroquine prescripts filled. Since the drug has been touted by some as having possible benefits against COVID-19, it's been backorderd for 2 months or more at most pharmacies in the U.S. Since hydroxychloroquine is also used to treat malaria, I'd bet its in short supply in countries dealing with malaria too.

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